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Cybercriminals benefit from abusing Microsoft Azure 30-day free trial

Cybercriminals are finding success using the Microsoft Azure platform to launch phishing attacks, but Microsoft wants to fire back

By Michael Hatamoto | Apr 30, 2014 11:32 pm CDT

Cybercriminals wanting to launch phishing attacks are finding a valuable asset when using the 30-day free trial of Microsoft Azure, according to Internet intelligence company Netcraft. Specifically, free hosting, subdomains and SSL certificates immediately give phishers great tools, and they are using the basic features of Azure to launch attacks.

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To register for the trial, Microsoft now wants customers to provide credit card information and a phone number that can be used to verify each user. The software company is pushing end-users and business clients into the cloud, so ensuring its Azure platform is safe from abuse by cybercriminals should remain a major effort.

Meanwhile, cybercriminals are becoming extremely savvy in their attempts to send spam, phish users, spread malware, and do anything to compromise Internet users.

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